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Writer UnBoxed UnConference Wrap-Up, Pt 1

http://writerunboxed.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/1UnBoxedConferencePo... 525w, http://writerunboxed.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/1UnBoxedConferencePo... 600w, http://writerunboxed.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/1UnBoxedConferencePo... 700w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />This past November, about 120 of us gathered in Salem, Massachusetts for a week of craft workshops, ‘UnConference’ sessions and a big dose of IRL community. Because not everyone who was interested in the program could attend, we wanted to share some takeaways from our week together with you here on the blog. This required a mammoth effort–gathering notes from those who took and typed them up for sharing, then filtering through all of those notes to ultimately create a comprehensive summary. A big thank you to all UnCon-goers who shared notes, and especially to Jeannine Walls Thibodeau for her time in spearheading this effort–gathering notes, editing, and distilling potent takeaways. (Learn more about Jeannine by visiting her website, and following her on Facebook and Twitter.)
There is a lot of content here, so sharpen your pencils — or turn on your printer — and get ready for this virtual look-over-the-notes-of-the-best-student-in-the-class experience. Today we’ll feature part one of the recap, followed by part two tomorrow, and part three on Friday. Without further ado…
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It’s difficult to say exactly what UnCon 2016 was to all who attended. But the consensus seems to revolve around the following: It was inspirational. It was motivational. It was a transformative experience. About 120 writers traveled from all over the U.S., Canada, and Australia to attend, and though many of us had met at the last UnCon, we were thrilled to meet new friends in real life.
But what exactly made UnCon 2016 like no other writing conference? Was it the focus on writing, rather than fevered elevator pitch sessions? Was it the way many of the workshops led to reflection and sharing? Was it because of the location—Salem, MA, formerly known for witch trials? For those who returned, was it the feeling of coming home again? For those who were new to the city, was it the feeling of instantly feeling at home? Was it the early morning and late night walks exploring Salem? Was it exploring cemeteries with those who shared a love of both the beauty and history? Was it the shared meals? Was it so many introverts in the group, along some gregarious extraverts, all realizing the true friendships we shared? Was it meeting with our heroes for both genre and story, and coming away with inspiration that we could, indeed, do it? Was it listening to Sean and Lance sing on a night fraught with expectation? Was it the morning after that night, when so many of us felt, well, shell-shocked? Was it writing with our best friends at the House of Seven Gables? Was it hanging outside, laughing hilariously along with the smokers, whether you were one or not? Was it drinking in taverns while discussing writing, philosophy, art, hope, despair, and everything in between? Was it seeing Laura Swanson’s tattoo, and feeling so proud that she’d done it? Was it getting ready for the Bowie party with so many friends? Was it really letting loose and dancing to Bowie? Was it “Bohemian Rhapsody”? Was it that moment when Don Maass told us we could change the world with our writing?
Yes. It was. It was all that.

So much love for these people. Sooooo happy to be here!!!@WriterUnboxed #uncon #wuuncon ❤️❤️❤️

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